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Seldom Seen Alaska Expedition – July 2023 Trip Journal

Day 4: A Symphony of Wildlife Encounters – Nature’s Surprises Unfold

Our Alaska wildlife photography tour took an exhilarating twist as we ventured into an area renowned for bubble-net feeding. While the anticipated spectacle was absent today, nature had a different plan in store for us, treating us to a series of unforgettable wildlife encounters that left us in sheer amazement.


A Thrilling Orca Encounter: As we set our course for a different area, an extraordinary sight unfolded before us – a pod of Orcas, masterfully hunting a Dall’s Porpoise. The excitement was palpable as we bore witness to this rare and captivating event. Within the pod, a magnificent male Orca stole the show, breaching multiple times within an astonishing 15 yards from our vessel. The sheer power and grace of these majestic creatures left us in awe, and the echoes of their activities reverberated through the air. 


Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, and Tufted Puffins: Our wildlife adventures continued with delightful encounters as we spotted a haul-out of approximately 25 harbor seals, providing us with a window into their tranquil world. The waters around us came alive with the graceful presence of a few Humpback whales, gracing us with their majestic presence. Adding to the enchantment of the afternoon, a handful of Tufted Puffins joined us, showcasing their striking appearance and playful antics.


Exploring the Gustavus: Later in the afternoon, our inquisitive group embarked on a guided tour along the Nagoonberry trail with a knowledgeable Gustavus Naturalist. The trail immersed us in the wonders of the wilderness, revealing the secrets of the region’s geology, native flora, and fauna. This experience deepened our connection to the captivating natural world that envelops us on this remarkable journey.


Reflecting on Day 4: As we look back on Day 4 of our 12-day photography tour through Southeast Alaska, we are filled with gratitude for the surprises and breathtaking encounters that continue to grace our journey and fill our memory cards. Each day unfolds with new discoveries and moments of wonder, transforming this trip into an extraordinary exploration of Alaska’s hidden treasures. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil the marvels of this pristine wilderness.

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